Robert Pirès is working to recruit some well-known names for his Star Sixes team when France compete with 11 other nations for the first Star Sixes title in July.
Pirès is no stranger to silverware having collected World Cup, European Championship, Premier League and FA Cup winners’ medals during a glittering 18-year professional career in France, England and Spain.
With former Leeds and Everton midfielder Olivier Dacourt already confirmed in the French squad for the summer, Pirès is continuing to strengthen his team.
Now retired and working as a coach at former club Arsenal, the winger thinks he will need to bring out the big guns as he focuses on Star Sixes glory at London’s O2 arena, and is focusing on a trio of ex-Highbury team—mates.
“I’m captain so I need to choose a good team, with good balance,” said the attacking wide-man, who played his last game for the Gunners in the 2006 Champions League Final.
“I will ask Patrick Vieira or Thierry Henry because I have very good relationship with them.
“For the moment I don’t have the answer but of course it would be good to have them, maybe Wiltord. I want to organise a good team because we, France, want to win the tournament.”
He added: “I’m a competitor, and though I’m retired, when you play football the most important thing is to win.
“It’s not the same football, so you need to be faster, especially in your head. Thierry Henry would be good for this. I’ve asked, so I’m waiting for the answer.”
Tickets for the first Star Sixes international football tournament are now available to buy online from The O2, with prices starting at just £30 for adults and £10 for children. Visit Ticketmaster or AXS to book.